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Leadership for Sustainability In India
November 20, 2017 — David Robertson

“Capital Turns Gas Chamber” read the headline: “As a toxic smog hung over Delhi for the third day and air quality worsened by the hour, the capital has declared a pollution emergency and banned the entry of trucks and construction activity ... There are growing calls for bigger government action to tackle what doctors have declared a public health crisis … Residents are complaining of headaches, coughs and smarting eyes. All 6,000 schools in Delhi are closed until the end… Read More
Investing in a Caffeinated Planet – Part III
November 16, 2017 — Nicole Kruz

[In the Part I of this series,Virginia Tech Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability alumni Nicole Kruz provided a short Coffee Basics tutorial, and Part II offered an overview of the environmental impacts of climate change on coffee cultivation and production. Next up, Nicole will discuss the social impacts of coffee and climate change.] Coffee & Climate Change - Social Impacts Many people in poorer, developing countries rely on agriculture for their livelihoods. Coffee cultivation is no exception. Around the world,… Read More
From Fear to Understanding
November 13, 2017 — Alec Masella

On October 11, three years of planning, research, and collaboration came to a head for Virginia Tech Master of Natural Resources (MNR) alumni Ryan Hathaway and Ana-Elisa (Isa) Bryant, as well as MNR faculty member Dr. Megan Draheim. Their paper “From fear to understanding: Changes in media representation of leopard incidences after media awareness workshops in Mumbai, India,” has been published in the Journal of Urban Ecology [3(1), October 11, 2017]. Co-authored with Sunil Limaye, Chief Conservator of Forests in Maharashtra,… Read More
Investing in a Caffeinated Planet – Part II
November 9, 2017 — Nicole Kruz

  [In the Part I of this series, Virginia Tech Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability alumni Nicole Kruz provided a short Coffee Basics tutorial. Next up, Nicole will discuss the connections between coffee and climate change.]. Coffee & Climate Change - Environmental Impacts The coffee plant naturally grows in mountainous areas under the canopy of larger shade trees. Traditional coffee cultivation, which mimics this growing method, is still practiced in some areas of the world. Canopy cover is critical to… Read More
Alumni Highlight: Molly Brown
November 6, 2017 — Alec Masella

Recent Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) graduate Molly Brown has made a career shift into environmental law this past year, returning to her passion for global sustainability. Not knowing at first how to go about making this shift, she turned to the Virginia Tech Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS). Her experience with the XMNR program provided Molly the support and connections she needed to make her way into her current position as Staff Attorney with the Chesapeake… Read More